The Bellingham Herald
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May 30, 2012
A man who used an anti-gay slur before pointing a gun at his neighbor was sentenced to a one-year jail term, with all but one day of the sentence suspended. Stephen Douglas Roberts was arrested in February on investigation of malicious harassment, a hate crime. Prosecutors never charged him with a hate crime, however, and in a plea deal the charges were reduced to fourth-degree domestic violence assault.